Anita Sarkeesian Explains GamerGate on The Colbert Report

October 30, 2014

On the latest episode of Comedy's Central's The Colbert Report, Feminist Frequency and Tropes v. Women in Video Games creator Anita Sarkeesian gives her opinion on what the social media movement #GamerGate is all about. Colbert started the show with some jokes about GamerGate and gamers, ran several MSNBC clips, and then sat down to talk to Sarkeesian.

After the segment aired Sarkeesian tweeted the following:

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Take-Two Sells 34 Million Copies of 'GTA V'

October 29, 2014

As part of his company's Q2 FY2015 earnings call, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick revealed that Grand Theft Auto V has sold 34 million copies worldwide since its launch late last year. Those figures represent sales on the Xbox 360 and PS3 since late last year. Zelnick went on to say that these numbers are good because the company has not reached full saturation in all markets. The game is set for launch on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

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'Crusader: No Remorse' is 'On The House' in November

October 29, 2014

Electronic Arts announced this morning that its "On The House" program will feature Origin's (the company founded by Richard Garriott, not the DRM'd digital distribution system of the same name) popular action role-playing game classic, Crusader: No Remorse. The game will be free for the entire month of November. Of course, to get the game for free, you need to have an Origin account and the Origin client installed. Read more

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New York City Public Advocate Wants Conditions on Comcast-TWC Merger

October 29, 2014

In a letter (PDF) to the state Public Service Commission, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James and 21 other state and city officials asked that the approval of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger be contingent on the new company providing free Internet to the poor, along with a number of other demands - including a commitment to offer at least gigabit speeds to paying customers. Read more

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Poll: Whose Live-Action Superhero Films Are You Most Looking Forward To?

October 29, 2014

There are a lot of live-action superhero movies hitting theaters over the next half decade or so.  Whose slate of films are you most looking forward to?

Here's a list of what the major players in the theatrical superhero business have announced.  Yeah, there are a few "untitled this-or-that" movies that I've left off the list.  There's talk about a Gambit movie, a Deadpool movie, even a female-led spin-off of the Amazing Spider-Man films but they seem a little less solid than others.  Still, anything could happen!

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Hungarian Citizens Protest Proposed Internet Tax

October 29, 2014

According to this BBC report, "tens of thousands" of Hungarian citizens have taken to the streets of Budapest to protest a proposed tax aimed at consumers who use the Internet. The BBC is calling it the "biggest anti-government demonstration" in years. Smaller rallies were held in other Hungarian cities as well.

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National STEM Video Game Challenge Open For Submissions

October 29, 2014

Student submissions for original video games and game designs to the National STEM Video Game Challenge are open today. The national contest is presented by E-Line Media, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and the Smithsonian. The Challenge aims to motivate young people to be more interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning by using the power of playing and making video games.

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'Dying Light' Cancelled for Xbox 360 and PS3

October 29, 2014

Dead Island developer Techland announced via Facebook that it has stopped production of Dying Light for Xbox 360 and PS3. The game is still on track for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, but last generations consoles couldn't handle running the game, according to Techland.

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Verizon-Backed Tech Site Forbidden From Writing About 'Spying' and 'Net Neutrality'

October 29, 2014

Verizon's wireless subsidiary is funding a tech site called SugarString but writers who sign up to work for the web site have to agree not to write about two subjects: net neutrality and surveillance or spying activities. While there are lots of stories about technology and culture on the site, the two aforementioned subjects can never be written about on Sugarstring.

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Court Dismisses Manuel Noriega's Lawsuit Against Activision

October 29, 2014

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega against Call of Duty maker Activision. In his lawsuit filed in July, Noriega claimed that his likeness was used without his permission in Treyarch's first-person shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. In the game protagonists Alex Mason and Frank Woods track Noriega (codenamed False Profit by the CIA) to the outskirts of Panama City.

Noriega sued Activision for the "blatant misuse, unlawful exploitation and misappropriation for economic gain" of his image in Black Ops 2.

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New Data Shows Patent Lawsuits Down in Third Quarter of 2014

October 28, 2014

A new report published today by Unified Patents shows a decline in patent lawsuits following this summer's US Supreme Court decision in Alice v. CLS Bank. While it is hard to pin the decline directly on the decision in Alice v. CLS Bank, the evidence shows an anecdotal connection to it in the third quarter of 2014.

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Adobe Issues Statement About GamerGate

October 28, 2014

After coming out in favor of GamerGate and "against bullying" earlier this month, Adobe has decided that it was important to clarify its position on the social media movement supposedly about "ethics in games journalism." The company issued a statement today saying that it is against bullying, was not currently an advertiser of Gawker Media, and that it is in no way aligned with GamerGate.

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'Indie Games Live' and 'Media Indie Exchange' Invade L.A. Next Month

October 28, 2014

The Media Indie Exchange is giving independent developers a special place at the GDC Next conference in Los Angeles next month that will allow them to showcase their games to other industry professionals and members of the press.

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Double Fine Gives Away Free Game to 'Spacebase DF-9' Early Access Customers

October 28, 2014

Double Fine's Spacebase DF-9 is now at version 1.0, bringing the game that was launched briefly on early access via Steam to its final build. Double Fine took some heat for launching the game on Early Access and then quickly moving it toward a final build.

Many who bought the game early with the intention of playing it for awhile before it was released felt that Double Fine had not given them their "money's worth." To sort of make up for that, Double Fine has given early adopters its Zelda-like Hack 'n' Slash game for free.

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Humble Indie Bundle 13 Launches

October 28, 2014

The Humble Indie Bundle 13 is now live, offering seven high profile indie games for under $13. Pay what you want to get your hands on OlliOlli, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, and Tower of Guns. If you beat the average price you can get four copies of Risk of Rain, Jazzpunk, and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. Pay more than $12, and you get all of that plus Shadowrun Returns.

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E. Zachary KnightApparently, it is ok to review a games art on whether or not you like the style, but not ok to review a game's story or theme based on whether or not you like or agree with it.10/30/2014 - 8:40am
MechaCrashComics never change because the people in charge now read comics when they were kids, and keep reverting comics to what they remember. As long as that cycle holds, change will be slow at best.10/30/2014 - 8:18am
Neeneko@ MechaTama31 - That is the big reason fansubs were tollerated for so long in the US, japanese studios kept watch to see which ones became popular via those networks.10/30/2014 - 8:11am
quiknkoldJournalists shouldnt be bigger than the stories they report or products they review.10/30/2014 - 7:48am
E. Zachary KnightHere is some food for thought for gamergaters who want politics out of games journalism. https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20141026/06425828942/journalists-need-point-view-if-they-want-to-stay-relevant.shtml10/30/2014 - 7:18am
quiknkoldI didnt say all games are like that, Conster. Princess Peach was....different. though I had fun with it.10/30/2014 - 7:00am
james_fudgehttp://www.somethingawful.com/news/gamergate-with-cats/10/30/2014 - 5:20am
MechaTama31AE: Japan's doujin scene illustrates an interesting potential solution to that problem. Let people play around with the characters, and keep an eye on things to see what people are buying.10/30/2014 - 12:07am
ConsterI bought, played and liked the game (unlike Smash Basketball *shakes fist*), but that felt iffy to me.10/29/2014 - 10:52pm
Consterquiknkold: if Super Princess Peach had been Super Prince Peach instead, do you think emotions would've been a mechanic?10/29/2014 - 10:51pm
quiknkoldcore meaning Colossus, Storm, Wolverine, and Nightcrawler10/29/2014 - 8:51pm
quiknkoldMatthew, those core x-men were together for almost 2 decades, until one would always be dead so they couldnt have them all together.10/29/2014 - 8:51pm
quiknkoldmore of an unknown. background characters mostly, who had a book but it was mostly a waste. they bring in this powderkeg of diversity and boom. now they could do the same thing and with the right artist and writer and mystique to it...10/29/2014 - 8:50pm
Matthew Wilsondoes it though? they always seem to return to the original cast in a year or two.10/29/2014 - 8:49pm
quiknkoldWhen I think of the perfect catalyst of a melting pot hero team, I think of the All New All Different X-Men. A Russian, A African goddess, A Canadian Berzerker, a German elf, and Cyclops. and all have withstood the test of time mostly cause the x-men were10/29/2014 - 8:49pm
Andrew EisenOne reason is because the money people are often afraid it won't sell. "A new IP AND the protagonist is gay?! That'll never work!" Showing that diverse characters can work in popular IP is simply a place to start. The indie scene is another.10/29/2014 - 8:47pm
Matthew Wilsonisnt that the point? why not just make new heroes that are different races, sexual orientations, and genders to start with?10/29/2014 - 8:46pm
Andrew EisenYep, progress is a lot slower than it should be (especially for something that shouldn't have been a problem in the first place).10/29/2014 - 8:45pm
quiknkoldrelevent. Hazmat and X-23. while Reptile, Mettle, Rockslide, Anole, Hellion, Dust, Mercury are all relegated to background characters with zero character enhancement. or they are dead10/29/2014 - 8:45pm
quiknkoldThat has a chance of happening. But its a cosmic scale gamble. They cant all end up like Captain Marvel, once a sidekick and now queen badass. but with Marvel? Look at New X-Men and Avengers Academy. a plethora of new characters, and only 2 are still10/29/2014 - 8:44pm
 

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